Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

Week 2 Wide Receivers - Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds


Welcome to my Week 2 Wide Receiver Waiver Wire additions column. I am excited to add this article to my bag of tricks for the 2018 season. Working the waiver wire is one of, if not the most important aspect to winning a fantasy football league. The one piece of advice I need to give this week though, is not to overreact. Your season is not over after Week 1 - so be smart with the waiver wire this week and look to enhance your team, not give it a face lift.

I split this article into a few different sections. Waiver wire priorities will range from players you should try to add with some urgency, all the way to players you should keep your eye on, but don’t make the move just yet unless you are in a deeper league. I’ll also sprinkle in a few guys you can potentially move on from throughout the season.

Check here for a complete list of our Waiver Wire Adds for Week 2 for help at all the skill positions. As always, RotoBaller has you covered!

Editor's Note: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive In-Season Lineup Tools, Lineup Optimizer and over 150 days of Premium DFS Research. Sign Up Now!

 

Front Runners for Week 2 - Waiver Wire Wide Receivers

This group consists of wide receivers that I would recommend adding if they are available on your waiver wire. Some are more viable for PPR formats, so take note of that. These players have either earned a greater workload due to injury/performance issues or have shown that they can be weekly contributors to their NFL teams. All players listed have 50% or less ownership levels across fantasy leagues.

Danny Amendola, MIA - 31% owned (5-10% of FAAB)

Devante Parker was absent in Week 1, so someone needed to be the WR2 behind Kenny Stills who went for 106 yards on four receptions and two touchdowns. Even though Stills had the bid day, Danny Amendola had the second most targets and receptions on the team. Unfortunately, his longest reception was only eight yards. Amendola isn’t going to reach WR2 or WR3, but he is going to be a nice play in PPR leagues if he stays healthy.

I actually expect things to open up more for Amendola once Parker is healthy. Even though I am not a Parker fan, he will command more respect on the outside than Jakeem Grant or Albert Wilson. With Parker and Stills on the outside, Amendola will have much more room to roam in the middle of the field leading to larger gains and thus, more fantasy production. If you have injuries or didn’t draft the position well, Amendola is a nice stash in PPR leagues.

Phillip Dorsett, NE - 4% owned (5-7% of FAAB)

Maybe the former first-round pick has found a home in New England? For at least the next three weeks, Phillip Dorsett will have a role with the Patriots. Dorsett led the Patriots wide receivers in Week 1 with seven targets, which he turned into seven catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. We spoke about Dorsett and Cordaerelle Patterson at length last week on the RotoRevolution over on RotoBaller YouTube. My call was Dorsett because I thought he had the better chance to amass more targets and receptions, being a great flex play in PPR leagues.

I see this trend continuing for the next three weeks while we wait on Julian Edelman to return from his suspension. I was one who predicted a big Week 1 from Chris Hogan that did not come to fruition as Hogan had one catch for 11 yards on one target. Hogan has not done anything in his career to prove that he’s going to be one of Brady’s favorite targets. If Dorsett can gain Brady’s trust the next couple of weeks, he could be third on the target list behind Rob Gronkowski and Edleman. Maybe Edelman doesn’t come back productive right away? Dorsett is a guy to add before it’s too late.

Cole Beasley, DAL - 8% owned (7-10% of FAAB)

Another PPR favorite of mine this off-season. For all the questions I got, “Would you rather have Allen Hurns or Michael Gallup?” I always answered Cole Beasley. Two years ago, Beasley was Dak Prescott’s favorite target. In 2016 Beasley had 75 catches for 833 yards and five touchdowns. Beasley ended the year as the WR33 in PPR leagues.

In Week 1, Beasley looked like Prescott’s favorite target again against the Carolina Panthers. Beasley led the Cowboys in targets with eight and had seven receptions for 73 yards. Those numbers aren’t going to jump off the page all year long, but in PPR league, you will want to stash the potential WR1 for the Cowboys. If you are in standard, I wouldn’t be as interested but it would be worth keeping an eye on if the touchdowns start to come.

Quincy Enunwa, NYJ- 9% owned (10-15% of FAAB)

I wrote an article prior to the 2017 season and listed Qunicy Enunwa as one of my top breakout candidates. It appears I was right, but it only took a year to happen. Enunwa is not only back, but he could be the WR1 in New York now. Enunwa had 10 targets for the Jets Monday night against the Lions, which was one less than the rest of the team COMBINED. That is a huge split that needs to be monitored. Was it because top corner back Darius Slay a reason why Robby Anderson had one catch for 41 yards? Or is this the way the Jets offense will roll the rest of the season? Either way, Enunwa is a guy you need to have on your team right away. Spend with ease.

 

In the Running for Week 2 - Waiver Wire Wide Receivers

This group consists of wide receivers widely available on the waiver wire who aren't must-adds but could be worth stashing or streaming if the above options are already taken or if you are dealing with injuries.  

Dante Pettis, SF - 1% owned (3-5% of FAAB)

This addition is really going to depend on the health of Marquise Goodwin. As of Monday night, we still have not heard if Goodwin could miss any time and what injury he sustained. If Goodwin is missing an extended period, then Pettis would move to the section above. He didn’t have the volume in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, but he did have the big play.

Pettis was able to haul in two of his five targets for 61 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings and would certainly become the deep threat for the Vikings without Goodwin. Pierre Garcon would get the biggest bump in production as the senior pass catcher on the team, but Pettis would always be one big play away from at least WR3 production. If you play in a league that rewards big plays, I would be willing to spend a little extra on him. Again, this all depends on Goodwin. Keep an eye on that news before pulling the trigger.

John Brown, BAL - 20% owned (3-5% of FAAB)

Some of us were excited to see John Brown make the transition from Arizona to Baltimore and so far, so good. While others have been buying Michael Crabtree over the off-season, I’ve been practicing my new tagline of #NeverCrabtree and been buying Brown instead.

The move from the higher elevation in Arizona to a lower elevation in Baltimore has been one reason why Brown had the potential to bounce back in 2018. His sickle cell syndrome won’t be as big of an issue playing at home. He produced 44 yards on three catches to go along with a touchdown again the Bills and the Ravens seemed poised to establish the passing game in Week 1. After the Alex Collins fumble in the first half, the Ravens threw on 15 of the next 16 plays to close out the first half. If the Ravens find a more balanced approach this season, Brown could see some bigger plays. I don’t think Crabtree will be the guy to stretch the field, so give me the big playmaker for the Ravens instead.

 

Dark Horses for Week 2 - Waiver Wire Wide Receivers

This group consists of wide receivers who need some more time to show us what they have but should be on our radar still. Don’t jump to add them yet, but another week or two could prove to be fruitful.  

Bruce Ellington, HOU - 2% owned (0% of FAAB)

There are three constants in life. Death, taxes and Will Fuller injuries. It didn’t take long for the Fuller injury to show up in 2018 as Fuller was inactive for Week 1. Deshaun Watson was the QB2 in almost all draft formats this year and fantasy owners were expecting huge things this season. If Watson is going to produce big numbers, he is going to need more than just DeAndre Hopkins to throw the ball to.

Bruce Ellington doesn’t scream fantasy star or even fantasy starter, but like I said, someone will need to catch balls from Watson if this offense is supposed to produce. Ellington had eight targets in Week 1 and found the end zone once as well. If you play in a deep league or have deep rosters, Ellington is a guy for you to pay attention to. Last season Ellington played in 11 games last season while starting six and also had a career high in targets.

Zay Jones, BUF - 1% owned (1-3% of FAAB)

Do we dare get sucked in by Zay Jones yet again? One of the more popular rookie wide receivers from last season didn't really showcase his true ability in 2017. It was also to be expected that he may lose some value heading into 2018 because the Bills really aren't that good. Nathan Peterman hit the bench in Week 1, so will Josh Allen be the starter next week?

Jones was able to haul in three of his six targets for 26 yards which doesn't sound great, but I think it's worth keeping an eye on. I would love to see Jones working out of the slot exclusively where he would be a much better weapon. I could see a Nelson Agholor type rise for him to PPR relevancy if that happens. Jones is more of a quick twitch guy. He can beat you with that sudden burst and quick move, but he's not going to pull away. I'm not making a move for him yet, but I will be adding him to my watch list.

 

Say Goodbye for Week 2 - Wide Receiver Drops

This group consists of wide receivers who don't need to be owned. They aren't necessarily must-drop players, but if you need the roster space for one of the above players, don't hesitate to cut bait to chase upside.

For this week, I am not listing anyone here unless we find we will be losing guys for the rest of the year. I keep telling owners the same thing, it’s too early to overreact. Just because Week 1 didn’t go your way or one of your off-season touts didn’t jump off the page first thing, don’t give up yet. Let’s get through Week 2 and then I will start to expand on this section more.

 

More Waiver Wire Analysis


Check out RotoBaller's famous fantasy football draft sleepers and waiver wire pickups list, updated regularly!




More Recent Articles

 

Thursday Night Football Matchups Analysis - Week 15

What a tremendous upset to kick off the fantasy playoffs (in most league formats)! The Chicago Bears pulled off a tremendous upset of the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys last Thursday, with Mitch Trubisky throwing for three scores and David Montgomery getting 20 touches in the win. Most of Dallas' playmakers returned solid days, but... Read More


Show Me The Money! Stashes That Could Win Your League

Success in the fantasy playoffs is all about planning ahead. Your bench is no longer a safe space for high floor players without much of a ceiling; they won't win you the big game. You need to look ahead and stash players with exploitable matchups in the weeks to come so that you don't get... Read More


Wide Receiver Snap Counts and Target Trends - Week 14 Analysis

Wide receivers are essential components toward your ultimate goal of securing league championships. If you are preparing for Week 15 matchups, an expanding collection of tools are available that can provide you with an extensive level of knowledge. Those results provide the foundation for this weekly statistical breakdown of the wide receiver position, which is designed... Read More


The King's Week 15 Lineup Rankings and Analysis (Premium Content)

Welcome back, RotoBallers! Below you will find my Week 15 fantasy football lineup rankings for the second round of your playoffs. The ranks are available in PPR, Half PPR, and Standard formats. They will be updated as needed, so make sure to check back for the latest versions, especially on the weekends. Skill Position analysis versus... Read More


Week 15 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More


Fantasy Football Booms, Busts - Kenny Golladay, Kenyan Drake, James White

If there was ever a week to have more booms than busts in your fantasy football lineup, it’s this week. The playoffs are either underway or about to start in fantasy football leagues across the nation and around the world. If you are lucky enough to be the proud owner of a playoff team, then... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 15 Josh Jacobs (shoulder) is now expected to suit for Week 15. Adam Thielen (hamstring) is expected to return... Read More


Week 15 Stream Team - Free Agent and Bye-Week Streamers

Now that the playoffs are in full swing in most leagues and the final march for a championship has begun, streaming becomes a  necessary strategy. Knowing who to add and when to start them could be the ultimate difference-maker in a weekly matchup. Making the right streaming decisions could easily be the difference in winning... Read More


NFL Survivor Pool Picks (Week 15) - Targets and Avoids

Week 13 was a pretty chalky one with just three underdogs winning outright. The biggest upset was the Broncos absolutely annihilating the Houston Texans who were still celebrating their "Super Bowl" win against the Patriots the week prior. Three weeks remain and I'd be a fool to think there are hundreds who are reading this... Read More


The Tape Tells All - Robby Anderson Fantasy Outlook

Welcome to another edition of "The Tape Tells All," where I break down some film of an NFL's player performance and try to draw some fantasy football conclusions from that film. This week, I'm looking at New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, who's shaken off a slow start to the 2019 season by going... Read More


Fantasy Football Risers, Fallers - Zach Ertz, Emmanuel Sanders, Robert Woods

Whether due to their own play, the play of others, or injuries, players' stock increases and decreases on a weekly basis. Perhaps more than any other, the NFL is a league that experiences ups and downs at a rapid pace. With only 16 games, there’s little room for error and seemingly endless opportunities for improvement.... Read More


Fantasy Football Disaster Recovery: Sit Your Studs?

Welcome to Disaster Recovery, where each week I'll examine why your studs played like duds. This isn't a place to find out why you should have sat a player for somebody else on your bench. Disaster Recovery is here to examine the guys who you didn't think twice about starting and to help you decide if you should... Read More


Week 15 Warning Signs: Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, Julio Jones

You made the playoffs. Awesome. Now you have even won your first game. That is even better. But now what? There are many players, some of whom performed in the first round, who may not be so fortunate this week. Whether it is a bad matchup or injuries to key players around them, this could... Read More


WR/TE Leaderboards After The First Playoff Round - NFL Next Gen Stats

Things finally got serious. If you're here, it's only because one of two reasons: 1) you have followed the series all along and want to keep reading just so you don't feel bad with yourself, or 2) you won your first round of the fantasy playoffs and are still on the lookout for the smallest... Read More


Deeper League Free Agent Pickups for Week 15

The first week of the fantasy playoffs is in the books, and hopefully you're still writing another chapter in it. Week 14 was absolutely brutal from an injury perspective, with several big name players getting carted off the field and burying multitudes of fantasy teams in the process. Mike Evans, Calvin Ridley, Devante Parker, Alshon... Read More